Definition of desolate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

desolate

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desolate
BrE BrE//ˈdesəleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəleɪt//
 
he / she / it desolates
BrE BrE//ˈdesəleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəleɪts//
 
past simple desolated
BrE BrE//ˈdesəleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəleɪtɪd//
 
past participle desolated
BrE BrE//ˈdesəleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form desolating
BrE BrE//ˈdesəleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəleɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//ˈdesəleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəleɪt//
 
[usually passive] desolate somebody (literary) to make somebody feel sad and without hope She had been desolated by the death of her friend.
Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin desolatus ‘abandoned’, past participle of desolare, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + solus ‘alone’.
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